Rural Prosperity Nebraska propels rural leadership development forward with statewide virtual conferences

Rural Prosperity Nebraska propels rural leadership development forward with statewide virtual conferences
April 12, 2024
The heartbeat of rural communities is their leadership. Recognizing this vital aspect of community wellbeing, Rural Prosperity Nebraska invites leaders of rural Nebraska to join in a new series of virtual gatherings aimed at fortifying community leadership development.

Following the success of the Leadership Chautauqua held in Kearney last fall, where over 100 community leaders converged for a day of enlightenment and collaboration, Rural Prosperity Nebraska is forging ahead with the next step in leadership development with three Zoom discussions throughout April.

“Our aim with these discussions is to share the key takeaways from the Chautauqua and to engage in a rich discussion about the future of Nebraska Extension and the roles we play in community leadership development,” said Tyler Quick, one of the Rural Prosperity Nebraska Extensions instructors organizing the discussion series. “We’ll also explore the innovative ideas that leaders have for the future of their communities, and how effective leadership can turn those aspirations into realities.” 

The key areas of focus for the discussions include:

  • Fostering collaborative endeavors: unveiling the power of unity by exploring how leadership serves as a catalyst for collective progress within communities
  • Inclusive leadership: championing inclusivity by broadening the horizons of community leadership through invitations to those traditionally sidelined
  • Strengthening partnerships: discovering pathways to bolster existing programs and forge impactful networks with like-minded leaders

Lindsay Hastings, a professor of leadership development in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication department, said, “Ultimately, we wanted the Leadership Chautauqua to bring together peer networks of community leaders to have a robust think-tank discussion about CLD, and I think that was accomplished.”

These virtual discussions are stemming out of and modeling themselves after that successful event, said Quick. They are not just about passive participation; they are meant to be dynamic forums for idea exchange and collaboration.

“Be prepared to immerse yourself in a whirlwind of creativity and innovation as we chart the course for a brighter, more resilient rural Nebraska,” he added.

All discussions are free, but registration is required by April 12. You can register at the links listed below: